Chisholm Cottage Re-Opened, Renovated and Refurbished For Regional Families
Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW, Rick Colless yesterday officially re-opened Chisolm Cottage - a low-cost, shared accommodation service for regional NSW families needing to stay in Sydney for medical services and hospital stays
“Chisolm Cottage has been ‘a home away from home’ for regional families since 1996, and is one of a very limited number of affordable accommodation offerings located near the busy Westmead Hospital campus in Western Sydney,” Mr Colless said.
“It’s vitally important that kids and families from the bush have the same access to quality health care and medical services as those living in our city centres. Chisholm Cottage enables this by providing much-needed, affordable accommodation for those times when they have to come to the city for medical treatment.
“This accommodation now offers an even more comfortable haven during what can be a traumatic time away from the comforts of their own home.
“We know from those who’ve stayed here from regional NSW during the past 21 years that it is incredibly hard to find affordable accommodation near the Westmead Hospital – which is why upgrading Chisolm House to provide more comfortable accommodation was so important.
“Guests come from as far as Cobar, Coonamble and Coonabarabran – which can be over an 8-hour drive from the Central West. It’s important for these families from remote parts of regional NSW to be able to stay in affordable accommodation, particularly if they need to stay over long periods of time.
“By upgrading this accommodation – regional families now are able to stay in affordable and more comfortable accommodation, and supports those who need to access the medical attention that they need and deserve.”
Chisholm Cottage is one of several no- and low-cost core services operated by Sisters of Charity Outreach, a not-for-profit, community service organisation which has been actively addressing unmet social need in the community since 1990.
“Additionally, Chisholm Cottage also re-joins Country Care Link, Sisters of Charity Outreach’s no-cost transport service for those travelling to medical appointments within Sydney, as our second core service for regional NSW families in need,” Mr Colless added.
“This transport service is wholly-provided by volunteers, and operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week for country families who are accessing health services in Sydney. This service eases the extra burden of trying to find a way of travelling between the airport, railway stations, bus stops and medical appointments.”